There was once a Navy frogman named Jim Janos. Janos had successfully completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, and was assigned to Underwater Demolition Team TWELVE (UDT-12), back when Navy SEALs served in both SEAL teams and UDTs interchangeably. This was back in the early 1970s.

Like many SEALs, Janos was a tough and determined man, but he also had his weaknesses—like many SEALs do. He was scared of heights. He did not like high obstacles on the obstacle course, nor did he like parachute training on the training mock-ups, which were also pretty tall (and daunting). On at least one occasion, the officer in charge of UDT-12 had to basically kick Janos off the parachute trainer, as the latter froze up and refused to jump.

This is a pretty innocuous story. Normally, this author would not fear the repercussions of telling such a tale, since I would assume that most SEALs would view being the subject of such a story as just a part of being a SEAL. God knows there are plenty of unflattering stories out there about this author. Most of us have them if we are human (a rare few SEALs are not, I’m convinced).

However, telling this particular story gives me pause, because Jim Janos is now universally known as “Jesse Ventura,” former professional wrestler and former governor of Minnesota. And we all know that Mr. Ventura does not like being the subject of unflattering stories—especially when he claims they are false.